What a pantomime with the computers wishing not to communicate with each other? And the sound system? Well!!
Our double act of Chris Nicholls and Judith Read joined in with the fun until computers agreed to work together
James Charles Dinham and Isabella Cowan were the subjects for this evening.
James Dinham was a noted Torquay photographer who captured ordinary people going about their lives in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Isabella Cowan was a Canadian visitor in 1895, and we heard readings from her, “Aunt Belle’s Diaries” to complement the photographs. Her observations of Torquay at the time were quite contemporary.
A very enjoyable evening. Thank you
Chris Nicholls and Judith Read
Thank heavens we didn’t have to suffer the work houses.
A crowded St Anne’s Hall heard of the misery and monetary cost living in one.
A very well researched talk by our speaker John Ellis.
A rousing finish to our Winter program with Mike Holgate.
Songs with backing tracks to help tell the story and set the scene for Napoleon’s Torbay Holiday.
History in a very relaxed way. Well done Mike please come again.
We were into modern times for this talk, going back forty years or so for
A Tour around Torbay in the 1970’s and the 1980’s
Philip Kay and John Head took the driving seat for a quaint old fashioned presentation shown on slides around Torbay and South Devon. Different days!!
The cold January evening did not deter enough people to fill Brunel Manor from Helen Hilliard’s talk about Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s plans for Watcombe.
We were given a fascinating talk on the house we now know as Brunel Manor and the gardens that he never saw finished, due to his early death at the age of 53.
Thank you Helen for a well researched piece of our local history.
This evening we hear about …..
Brunel’s Hidden Kingdom by Helen Hilliard
This will be interesting. All those buildings and other creations that we just do not see for looking.
Usual place … St Anne’s Hall. Usual time … 7.30 start.